Silicon Valley Bank, based in Santa Clara, Calif., has selected 18 students from colleges around the country to participate in its inaugural SVB Trek, a program connecting students to West Coast tech leaders, including entrepreneurs and venture capitalists.
The students, selected from nine different graduate and undergraduate programs, will spend three days touring Silicon Valley and San Francisco companies and meeting with those involved in the tech industry, including executives from Andreessen Horowitz, Founders Circle Capital, and Sequoia Capital.
"Since many tech companies get their start at the university level, we thought what better way than to offer bright, ambitious, future entrepreneurs the experience and insights of successful leaders from the tech sector," said Silicon Valley Bank managing director Ashraf Hebela in a press release.
The bank will provide bank and tech company executives as "guides" for the three day trek. "You can't manufacture this kind of education in a classroom setting," said Ami Stuart, tech events manager for Cornell University, in a release. "The SVB Trek will provide students an opportunity to meet other enterprising students from around the country, develop a rich network of contacts and hear directly from some incredible entrepreneurs and investors."
The students represent computer science, advanced sciences, the humanities, and business schools evenly.